Posted By Jeff Fletcher on January 28, 2009 7:28 pm
Clark is going to be doing a job like J.T. Snow, helping on the field and in the community. As for the ratio, Bill Neukom said that’s to be determined:
“If you ask me to guess how much time and energy he’ll spend in the community with fans vs. with our ballplayers, it might be two-thirds community and fan base and one-third baseball, but we’ll learn as we go and adjust accordingly.”
One of the points Neukom and Clark made was that Clark could help defensively as well. Clark said: “That’s the thing about today’s ballplayers some of them can be a little one-dimensional, and you don’t want to be one-dimensional.”
Nice as that sounds, I think that’s really the least of the Giants problems. Not only do they already have Snow, one of the best first basemen ever, as an instructor, but the guy at the top of the first-base depth chart (Travis Ishikawa) is already farther ahead defensively than offensively.
As for offense, Clark said he wants to teach players to “be physical with the baseball.” He later rattled off all the stars of the Giants pitching staff and said “the pieces are there to definitely go out and stop the opponent. You just have to score some runs with some young talent. We have to find a way to go out and do that.”